THE CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES DIVISION

The Civil Legal Services Division (CLS) provides wraparound services addressing issues facing children in the delinquency system that hinder their successful re-integration into the community. CLS has a team of special education attorneys who are experts in advocacy under the federal Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), which mandates special accommodations in public schools for children who can not be adequately educated in a traditional classroom setting due to learning disabilities or other physical or intellectual challenges. In addition, CLS addresses other rehabilitative needs of these children and of adult clients by providing representation in civil matters arising out of their criminal charges — public benefits entitlement, housing, child support, and health care services. CLS also provides consultation for attorneys with clients in the criminal justice system who face immigration consequences.

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